The World Health Organization defines health not just as the absence of disease but as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing’.1 Addressing all aspects of care is important and should be considered during consultations for menopause
Effective prescription medications are available to
treat menopausal symptoms. However, due to adverse
effects and risks associated with use, many women are
seeking complementary and alternative options to treat
their symptoms. Nonpharmacological options for the
management of menopausal symptoms are widely available
and frequently used.
This article outlines the use of, and evidence for,
nonprescription therapies and complementary therapies for
menopausal symptom management.
There are a large number of studies on complementary and
alternative therapies for the management of menopausal
symptoms. Lifestyle changes are beneficial and studies
on relaxation training are revealing encouraging results.
Studies of the benefits of yoga have mixed results. Current
evidence from systematic reviews does not support
the use of over-the-counter complementary therapies
or acupuncture. A large placebo effect exists for the
management of hot flushes, therefore further research
against active controls is required. Management options
should be collaboratively explored.
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